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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Blocked Bowels (Overview)

Intestinal obstruction is a partial or complete blockage of the bowel that results in the failure of the intestinal contents to pass through.


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What can you do for blocked bowels?

What can you do for blocked bowels?

See a MD: Blocked bowel generally means obstruction and requires immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
20 doctors shared insights

Blocked Bowels (Overview)

Intestinal obstruction is a partial or complete blockage of the bowel that results in the failure of the intestinal contents to pass through.


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What symptoms will blocked bowels present?

What symptoms will blocked bowels present?

Bowel Obstruction: Small bowel obstructions (sbos) manifest themselves as the acute onset of vomiting, cramping pain, bloating, and absence of passage of gas or stool. They are most often due to adhesions from prior surgery; less commonly, due to hernias or cancer. In the context of prior surgery, non-operative management is often successful, provided that there are no signs of intestinal compromise. ...Read more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Don't be embarrassed to discuss with your healthcare professional.
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Avoid trigger foods and activities.
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Use over the counter bulking agents like fiber.
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Use over the counter antidiarrheals.
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Any advice? What tests should be done on severely blocked bowels and abdominal pain?

Any advice? What tests should be done on severely blocked bowels and abdominal pain?

Plain films, ? CT: A colon obstruction will be a surgical emergency, and is usually diagnosed by plain film and maybe a retrograde dye study, e.g. barium enema. Small bowel obstruction can be seen on plain films, but in many cases a CT scan is ordered. No oral dye studies are needed. In a non-operated abdomen a small bowel obstruction needs exploration. Observation with NG can resolve SBO due to adhesions. Good luck ...Read more

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What is the treatment for blocked bowels?

Surgical / medical: It all depends on the cause of "blockage". It can be due to a functional cause or a mechanical one. Mechanical causes include tumors, adhesions, volvulus, intussusception, foreign objects, and hernias. Many times, these require surgery. Functional causes are more difficult and require patience and time. If you are referring to constipation, then stool softeners, laxatives, and enemas are used. ...Read more

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Prevent abdominal adhesions from bowel obstruction?

Prevent abdominal adhesions from bowel obstruction?

Very difficult: Adhesions are bands of scar tissue that form inside the abdominal cavity after abdominal surgeries. Unfortunatel once you have them theres not much you can do to prevent a bowel obstruction in terms of diet or activity. Some people get obstructions frequently others never. If one occurs most times they can be managed without surgery but soetimes another surgery to free the intestines is necessary. ...Read more

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What can you do for blocked bowels?

See a MD: Blocked bowel generally means obstruction and requires immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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What symptoms will blocked bowels present?

Bowel Obstruction: Small bowel obstructions (sbos) manifest themselves as the acute onset of vomiting, cramping pain, bloating, and absence of passage of gas or stool. They are most often due to adhesions from prior surgery; less commonly, due to hernias or cancer. In the context of prior surgery, non-operative management is often successful, provided that there are no signs of intestinal compromise. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I do for blocked bowels?

Please tell me what can I do for blocked bowels?

If it is a true: And complete intestinal obstruction, surgery is needed. If it is constipation, laxatives and enemas will usually suffice. But there are other conditions, such as pseudo obstruction and adynamic ileus, that can mimic 'blocked bowels' so it is important that you consult a doctor for specific recommendations in your case. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Bowel Obstruction (Definition)

The intestinal tract is one, long distensible pipe from the stomach to the anus consisting of 30-40 ft of small intestine (for nutrient absorption) and 5 ft of large intestine (for water absorption). Obstruction may occur at any point, causing upstream distention, cramping pain, vomiting, and obstipation (no gas or bm out the bottom). Rx may require surgery ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more